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Jul

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ preview shows ‘nothing’s changed’


No, you’re not at Comic-Con, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip this preview of Star Wars Episode VII. Disney previewed video from The Force Awakens interspersed with behind-the-scenes chatter tonight in San Diego, and you can watch it after the break. You can enjoy Simon Pegg’s appearance (he’s playing an alien), and get a better idea of how this Star Wars flick is staying true to the old ones with “real sets, practical effects.” The usual cast of characters and equipment are making an appearance, along with the cast we’ve seen in previous trailers. StarWars.com has a live blog of the panel too, so the only thing you’re missing out on (you have the app, right?) is the post-reveal concert.

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11
Jul

FTC Looking Into App Store Rules Regarding Subscription Services


appstoreOn Wednesday, Spotify sent emails to subscribers asking them to cancel their App Store subscriptions to the service to resubscribe on the web to avoid a $3 surcharge because of Apple’s App Store policies. The Federal Trade Commission is now looking into Apple’s policies, which include a 30 percent fee that it collects on all app and subscription revenue routed through the App Store, reports Reuters.

U.S. government antitrust regulators are looking into claims about whether Apple’s treatment of rival streaming music apps is illegal under antitrust law, according to three industry sources.

The antitrust concerns stem from certain App Store restrictions placed on streaming companies, which include a prohibition that the company is on other platforms, a ban on advertising how users can subscribe on a company’s website and the ban on links to the company’s website. While users can still subscribe to the service of their choice outside of the App Store, avoiding the 30 percent fee for the respective companies, sources tell Reuters that many users do not realize its an option.

That 30 percent fee reduces margins for those streaming companies in an industry with already thin margins and makes it difficult for them to compete, Deezer CEO Tyler Goldman tells the news organization. The news also comes after the FTC and other government bodies began looking into Apple’s efforts to set up deals with music labels.

While the FTC is looking into the App Store rules, there’s no guarantee they launch a formal investigation as antitrust lawyers that spoke to Reuters were split on whether Apple is breaking the law. This isn’t the first time Apple has gotten in trouble for its 30 percent subscription cut, as it landed in hot water with the Department of Justice during the e-book price fixing case. In June, it was reported that Apple was considering changing the 30 percent cut for media apps like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify and more.


11
Jul

Apple May Be Producing Exclusive Apple Music Content In-House


Earlier today Apple Music exclusively debuted a new music video from Drake, titled “Energy” from his latest album “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”. Previously, Apple has exclusively debuted the music videos for Pharrell’s “Freedom” and Eminem’s “Phenomenal“. These music videos may be developed in-house at Apple, reports Pitchfork.

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The launch of Apple Music hasn’t only included a new radio station, social network, and streaming service. Apple have also started creating their own original content. The company made Drake’s amazing “Energy” video in-house, as well as Pharrell’s “Freedom” and Eminem’s “Phenomenal”. Next up: M.I.A.’s “Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border”, coming to Apple Music on Monday, July 13.

In addition to M.I.A.’s forthcoming music video, Pitchfork, which is an Apple Music Curation Partner, says rumors indicate that Apple Music has projects in the works with artists like Purity Ring, Diddy and James Bay. However, M.I.A.’s music video has been in the works since before May, when the artist insinuated that her label was holding up her “Matahdatah” music video because of potential controversy around its cultural appropriation of African culture.

Pitchfork claims that when they reached out to Larry Jackson, Apple Music’s head of content, for comment he responded with a tweet consisting of a dig at Spotify CEO Daniel Elk’s “Oh ok” tweet when Apple Music was announced in addition to the hashtags “Content”, “Curation”, “Culture” and a link to Drake’s music video on Apple Music.

Apple has been trying to secure exclusive content for its new streaming service in an effort to lure customers away from rival services like Spotify and Tidal. That effort continues with Drake, who today announced he’ll have a radio show on Beats 1 that’ll start on Saturday, July 11 at 6 PM EST.


11
Jul

Amazon previews its ‘The Man in the High Castle’ series tonight


We already got a look at the pilot episode from Amazon’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, but now it’s time to get ready for the series. At Comic-Con Amazon is presenting the first two episodes, which you can watch live online at EW.com at 10:30ET. Even if you can’t make the stream, you can still check out the full series trailer, embedded after the break, presenting an alternate history where the Allies lost World War II, or the pilot on Amazon before the show launches this fall.

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11
Jul

Yet another source confirms that a Huawei Nexus is in the works






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The number of sources that have confirmed that there is a Huawei Nexus smartphone happening has risen again with The Information‘s Amir Efrati posting confirmation that Huawei is working with Google to release a Nexus smartphone. While we were never really in doubt, it’s always good to get more confirmation from what is widely considered a reputable source. Unfortunately, that’s all that this report has to say – that the device exists – and no new tidbits were released.

To recap what we think we know about the Huawei Nexus, it’s been widely rumoured to be based on the upcoming Huawei Ascend Mate 8 which will make it a 5.7-inch device. While the Ascend Mate 8 is likely using quite a few homegrown parts, like the Kirin processor, the Huawei Nexus is expected to use more common (and arguably more powerful) parts like a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The partnership is likely to work wonders for both sides, with Huawei getting more recognition in Western markets and Google hopefully smoothing things over in the Chinese markets. A lot still has to happen between now and whenever this device eventually appears, but we’re confident it’s going to be a killer smartphone.


What do you think about the latest Huawei Nexus rumour? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: The Information via Droid-life

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11
Jul

Yet another source confirms that a Huawei Nexus is in the works






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The number of sources that have confirmed that there is a Huawei Nexus smartphone happening has risen again with The Information‘s Amir Efrati posting confirmation that Huawei is working with Google to release a Nexus smartphone. While we were never really in doubt, it’s always good to get more confirmation from what is widely considered a reputable source. Unfortunately, that’s all that this report has to say – that the device exists – and no new tidbits were released.

To recap what we think we know about the Huawei Nexus, it’s been widely rumoured to be based on the upcoming Huawei Ascend Mate 8 which will make it a 5.7-inch device. While the Ascend Mate 8 is likely using quite a few homegrown parts, like the Kirin processor, the Huawei Nexus is expected to use more common (and arguably more powerful) parts like a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The partnership is likely to work wonders for both sides, with Huawei getting more recognition in Western markets and Google hopefully smoothing things over in the Chinese markets. A lot still has to happen between now and whenever this device eventually appears, but we’re confident it’s going to be a killer smartphone.


What do you think about the latest Huawei Nexus rumour? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: The Information via Droid-life

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11
Jul

Your favorite pigeon-dating simulator hits PS4, Vita in July


Hatoful Boyfriend, the best game about a human dating birds in a creepy post-apocalyptic world, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita on July 21st. The PC version launched on Steam in September to critical acclaim and public bewilderment — and then some public acclaim, too. Hatoful Boyfriend literally is a video game about a human girl navigating high school life in a world run by birds, though after the dating aspect of the game fizzles out, the story gets dense and fairly dark.

Hatoful Boyfriend on PS4 and Vita includes a brand new romance option with Tohri, a character (see: bird) that appears in the coming sequel, Holiday Star. “This new content means there is a whole new story path for longtime fans and new players to the series as well as a brand new ending,” Devolver Digital’s Nigel Lowrie writes on the PlayStation Blog. “Explore questionable stalkers, bitter rivalries and even doomsday devices in this exclusive new Hatoful Boyfriend content.” Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star is also due out this year, simultaneously on PC, PS4 and Vita.

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Source: PlayStation Blog

11
Jul

Waiting for your first Quad HD device? Don’t worry, Samsung is already working on a 11K smartphone display






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Quad HD displays, also known as 2K resolution displays, have become the new standard in smartphone flagships. Whether or not you agree that smartphone displays need to have this kind of detail, the progression of screen technology is definitely making this kind of display more efficient and more readily available. Apparently, Samsung is already working on the future with reports that it is developing a 11K smartphone display which gives an eye-boggling 2,250 pixels per inch (ppi) – for reference, the highest detail display I can remember off the top of my head is the LG G4 at 538ppi.

In raw resolution terms, a 11k display would give you a resolution of 11,264 x 6336 and with that pixel density should be around 5.7-inches. While the technology still seems like it is decades away, it has the backing of not only Samsung, but the Korean government and 13 other companies who have invested in this project to get it out in the next 5 years. In fact, Samsung Display (Samsung’s display development unit) plans to have a prototype ready by the 2018 Winter Olympics, being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. If you’re still thinking that this is a waste of time and resources, think of it this way – any development in furthering display technology only makes the older technology cheaper, meaning soon everyone could have a Quad HD display on their smartphone.


What do you think about the development of a 11K smartphone display? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: ET News via Mashable

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11
Jul

More renders of the Moto G 2015 leak out, show us more of that new design






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We already have a pretty good idea of what the Moto G 2015 is going to look like, but thanks to some more 3D renders circulating the Internet today, we’re getting yet another look at it today, this time from all angles. The renders were produced unofficially be an anonymous accessories manufacturer, but you can be pretty sure, based on what we already know, that these images are pretty close to the real thing. Check out all the images below:

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Overall, the Moto G 2015 doesn’t look to have changed much – the textbook curved back of a Motorola device is still there, as is the audio jack smack bang in the middle of the top edge. As we’ve noticed before, the only significant different in the design is the addition of a plate on the back of the device, stretching from the camera down to the middle of the device – it appears to be cosmetic only. Rumoured specs for the Moto G 2015 include a Snapdragon 410, 5-inch 720p display, 1GB RAM and a 13MP rear camera – not much difference from last year, but hopefully this keeps the price of the handset well down as well.


What do you think about the Moto G 2015? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: nowhereelse.fr via Phandroid

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11
Jul

Microsoft killing its Photosynth 3D panorama apps


For better or worse, tech companies have to do a bit of product housekeeping every now and then. Today’s Microsoft’s turn to do exactly that. Most notably, the Redmond company announced it will be retiring its mobile apps for Photosynth, the platform it created to let people capture and view the world in 3D. While the applications, which had been available on Windows Phone 8 and iOS, are expected to continue to work for existing downloads, they won’t be officially supported moving forward.

“We are doing this because the new Photosynth Preview technology and its cloud processing is a more immersive way to capture a place than the spherical panoramas that our apps produce,” the Photosynth team said in a blog post. Microsoft also revealed that, later this year, it plans to discontinue a few of MSN’s lifestyle mobile apps.

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